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Air Force Wants to Get New Nuclear Weapons Faster

By Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One Just months into the first development contracts, the service’s top general is looking for ways to speed things up. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Quilliam Bulletin 16-11-2017

By Quilliam Admin Chief Executive Speaks at State of Nation Event LONDON – Quilliam International’s Chief Executive, Haras Rafiq, spoke at the Cultural Insight Forum’s ‘State of the Nation’ event – “Anger: A Force...

The Thucydides Trap … or a trap for young players

By Allan Behm Sadly, hermeneutics—or exegesis as it was formerly known—is not much in vogue these days. Maybe that reflects the fact that most of us rely on translation for our glimpses into the...

National security wrap

By Jacqueline Westermann, Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman and Harley Comrie The beat Hate crime in the US The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program released the 2016 hate crime statistics, which show an increase for...

Regulating autonomous weapons

By Sean Welsh This week, the UN is meeting for a fourth time to discuss how ‘lethal autonomous weapons systems’ (LAWS) should be governed within the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. NGOs such as...

Industry Can Build 355-Ship Navy, But Which Ones?

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. WASHINGTON: Sure, American industry can build the 355-ship fleet both Trump and the admirals want, three former Navy Secretaries said today. We can even build it a lot faster...

North Korea & The Zimbabwe Coup

By Colin Clark WASHINGTON: While it’s too early to say conclusively that the terror, fear, corruption and brutality of the Robert Mugabe regime is at an end, the coup in Zimbabwe offers a chance...

Warning time

By Richard Brabin-Smith Times change and we change with them, as the saying goes. Much the same could be said of warning times: as our strategic circumstances change, so we should reassess the consequences...

Supplementing the nuclear ban treaty: a constructive way forward

By Gareth Evans Rod Lyon (‘The Nuclear ban “pledge”: how’s it tracking?’) is predictably underwhelmed by the idea of Australian parliamentarians pledging their support for the recently concluded Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty (NWPT). He...

Reader response: mind the capability

By Albert Palazzo I started to read Andrew Harrison’s recent Strategist post, ‘“Capability” saves lives’, with some interest, but that soon changed to disappointment as the narrowness of his definition of capability became clear....

Zapad 2017: an early assessment

By Christian Novak At a time when NATO–Russia relations are arguably at their lowest ebb since NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, major military exercises are designed to send a message. Russia’s Zapad 2017...

How to combat populist demagogues

By Dani Rodrik At a recent conference I attended, I was seated next to a prominent American trade policy expert. We began to talk about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which President...

Australia’s deteriorating strategic outlook

By Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith Australia’s strategic outlook is deteriorating and, for the first time since World War II, we face an increased prospect of threat from a major power. This means that...

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